​Wan Hee Yoon, Ph.D.


​Postdoctoral Drosophila and Human Genetics 2016,  ​Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Baylor College of Medicine

PhD Drosophila Genetics 2011, ​​Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

MS Biology 1999, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

​BS Biology 1997, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

​Research Review

Metabolism is a series of biochemical reactions essential for all living life. Mitochondria are compartments in the cells, and play a crucial role in metabolism. Dysfunction of mitochondria and miscommunication between mitochondria and other cellular compartments causes abnormal metabolism, which underlies numerous human diseases. 

​My work is focused on the study of the function of mitochondrial genes in fruit flies and patient-derived iPS cells: these include genes whose loss of functions causes neurodevelopmental diseases and a Charcot-Marie-Tooth Neuropathy Type 2A (CMT2A)-like neurological syndrome and neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases accompanied by alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase deficiency. Unraveling the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying disease processes in the fly and human cells will ultimately help us better understand the pathogenesis of the neurological diseases.

​Yoon Lab

Wan Hee Yoon, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Patricia Goncalves Barbalho, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jae Sun Kang

Research Technician

Lorraine Yap

Senior Research Technician

Yo Han Park

Research Technician

Karen Vargas Parra

​Lab Technician


Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Aging & Metabolism Research Program, W303

​825 N.E. 13th Street

Oklahoma City OK 73104

​Phone: ​(405) 271-​1574



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